Our latest news from ABFLY...

1708, 2016

Line closures August weekends

August 17th, 2016|

On Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 August and Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 August, rail replacement buses will operate between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey, and stations will be closed, to allow Network Rail to undertake improvement works along the Abbey Line and on the platforms at Watford Junction and Bricket Wood stations.

During these closures […]

1008, 2016

Glimmer of hope for Southern West London Line users

August 10th, 2016|

You’ll no doubt be aware that since 11th July, all Southern services on the West London Line have been suspended due to an ongoing breakdown in trade relations. This is supposedly only for four weeks but it looks increasingly likely to be extended. The implications of this emergency timetable, imposed at very short notice, have been […]

906, 2016

Network Rail improvement works – St Albans Abbey station area

June 9th, 2016|

For residents of the St Albans area, please note the following letter from Network Rail:
I am writing to inform you that Network Rail needs to complete works affecting railway operations near to your property, as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan to deliver a better railway for Britain.

Works will be undertaken from

2200 – 0600 […]

1904, 2016

Can you help DfT in building new Service Quality Regime?

April 19th, 2016|

As part of the re-franchising process, the Department for Transport (DfT) is looking at the feasibility of implementing a new Service Quality Regime (SQR) in the West Midlands area and in particular on the two branches including the Abbey Line. This would require audits to be undertaken by the new operator every railway ‘control period’ […]

2901, 2016

Only weeks to save the Flyer

January 29th, 2016|

…from another decade of mediocrity!
The Department for Transport (DfT) will be re-letting the contract for the West Midlands rail franchise in 2017, which includes the Abbey Line. When DfT finalise the specification in summer 2016, investment in the line will effectively be fixed for another decade.

That specification is now open for public consultation.

ABFLY will be calling […]

2001, 2016

John Webster

January 20th, 2016|

It is with great sadness that we have to report that John Webster, our Chairman since 2003, passed away on Saturday 16th January after a short illness over Christmas.

Those that knew him will remember John as a true diplomat and a charmer, full of wit and a total enthusiast for the Abbey Line. We all came […]

1201, 2016

Take our survey and win free travel on London Midland!

January 12th, 2016|

If you live within walking distance of the Abbey Line then we would like to find out your reasons for using or not using the service, and what would make the service more attractive to you.

Click on

It should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

Responses to this survey will be analysed to provide data […]

912, 2015

Later evening services become reality after 20 years of campaigning

December 9th, 2015|

ABFLY have warmly welcomed the announcement that after 20 years of campaigning, services on the Abbey Line are finally to be extended past the current closing time of around 10pm.

On 3rd December it was announced that London Midland had been successful in securing a new ‘Direct Award’ contract which means that they will be continuing to […]